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Adobe will offer web-based version of industry-standard Photoshop software for free – report

The company, which also makes standard audio and video editing software, hopes to introduce more users to the app through the web version, which could translate into more subscriptions to its Creative Cloud platform.

According to the report, Adobe describes the web version as “freemium”, with plans to – eventually – offer some features only to paid subscribers. However, core Photoshop features will remain free for everyone, he said.

Photoshop currently costs at least AU$14.94 per month, comes bundled with Lightroom image processing software and comes with 20GB of storage. The larger 1TB plan costs AU$29.80 per month.

As a standalone tool, Photoshop, with additional tools for graphic designers, costs at least AU$31.35 per month.

Software like Pixlr and Photopea, which offer similar functionality to Photoshop, are freely available on the web, but neither is considered the gold standard.

Maria Yap, vice president of digital imaging at Adobe, told The Verge that the company wants to make Photoshop more accessible and easier for users to try.

For the first time, this will include Chromebook users, potentially opening the tool up to millions of school children around the world for the first time.

Adobe first released a web-based version of Photoshop in October last year, essentially offering a simple version of the desktop application capable of handling basic editing functions.

It was designed as a collaboration tool, with ways for artists to share an image with others to edit and then render. But in the months that followed, the service was updated and its functionality expanded.

It also intends to expand the web version with more tools, according to The Verge. This includes curves, dodge and burn tools, and the ability to convert smart objects.

“I want to see Photoshop meet users where they are right now,” Yap said. “You don’t need a high-end machine to access Photoshop.”